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Events roundup: DC's history and future

This week, learn about DC history and historical food, go for a walk around Tysons to learn about the Silver Line's impact, learn why power lines and parking spaces matter to affordable housing, and support Montgomery County's proposed BRT system.

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Mayor Williams talks about gentrification: One of the most consequential figures in Washington's revitalization over the past dozen years has been former Mayor Anthony Williams, current Executive Director of the Federal City Council. Williams will "discuss changes in Washington's urban landscape and the history of gentrification in D.C. neighborhoods" at the Historical Society of Washington's annual meeting. That's tonight at the old Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW at 6pm. For more information or to RSVP, visit the society's website.

After the jump, speak out at public hearings for Metrobus and learn about historic restaurants in DC.

Learn about DC history: In the early 1970s a collection of academics started a conference to share the latest research on Washington's national and local history, network with each other, and overall advocate for a greater appreciation of the city's history. This year marks the 40th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies, with presentations on a diverse range of topics including alley life, Home Rule, the War of 1812, archaeology, and the latest in mapping technology.

The conference kicks off Thursday evening, November 14th with an opening lecture at George Washington University from Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. Two dozen sessions then run Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at the Carnegie Library with a series of walking and bus tours offered Sunday, November 17th.

And edible history, too: John DeFerrari, GGW contributor and proprietor of the popular blog Streets of Washington, follows up his first book this fall with Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats. The book is the first of its kind, a comprehensive survey of the city's restaurants from the early days of its first taverns to the rich flowering of ethic restaurants that came in the late 20th century.

DeFerrari will talk about his new work at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's Washingtoniana Division on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm. The event is free, but don't come hungry!

Improved Metrobus service? This week WMATA is holding public hearings to allow the community to weigh in on potential changes to several Metrobus routes. GGW contributor Matt Johnson's written about some of the proposed changes for buses serving Dulles and BWI and between National Harbor and Alexandria. All routes being reviewed are open for discussion at any of the public hearings.

The open houses will begin at 6pm, with the public hearings starting at 6:30pm at various locations throughout the region. Visit Metro's planning blog to find out which routes are being reviewed and the location closest to you.

View Tysons from the ground up: Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of Tysons and learn more about the impact the Silver Line is already having on development and urban form. The tour will also include a discussion on how to preserve streams, manage stormwater, and explore the future of bicycling and walking in the areas.

The tour is Saturday, September 21 from 10am to 12pm and will start near the future Spring Hill Metro station, located near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Spring Hill Road. Visit the Coalition for Smarter Growth for more information and to RSVP.

Better affordable housing: Join the Arlington County Housing Division (CPHD) and the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs for a discussion on Affordable Housing on September 19th from 6:45pm to 9pm at George Mason University. The discussion will feature a panel that discusses the impacts of various elements on affordable housing. The panelists include Dr. Michael Manville from Cornell University and local developer Mark Silverwood. To RSVP for the event click here.

Sit down for BRT: Next week on September 24th and 26th, there will be two public hearings on the County's 82-mile proposed Bus Rapid Transit system. Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and other transit advocates to show your support for the plan by attending the public hearings before the County Council. For more details, visit the CSG webpage.

As always, if you have any events for future roundups, email us at

Adam Lind moved to the Ballston area of Arlington after earning his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2012. He currently works on bicycle and pedestrian projects for Fairfax County DOT. He is an active cyclist and transit rider and interested in improving sustainability though transportation. 


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Don't forget about Park(ing) Day on Friday! There are multiple events going on around town, although sadly I can't find a roundup right now.

by Payton on Sep 17, 2013 12:10 pm • linkreport

Anthony Williams for Mayor!

by Tom Veil on Sep 17, 2013 12:13 pm • linkreport

The Route 7 Corridor Study is holding a public meeting re Preliminary Transit Alternatives tomorrow, Sept. 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

by Rich on Sep 17, 2013 2:37 pm • linkreport

There are Park(ing) Day events in Arlingon and DC, and Old Town will have a space outside Misha's on S Patrick

by Michael on Sep 17, 2013 3:09 pm • linkreport

Here's a summary of the conference schedule:
40th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies

by MBG on Nov 13, 2013 1:30 pm • linkreport

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